|Theory blog aggregator: stats and directions
||[Jul. 20th, 2009|12:08 am]
Traffic to the Theory of Computing Blog Aggregator has more than doubled over the past year, and is now at 16,000 visits/month.
Visits / month
Incidentally, the readership is tech-savvy, as you might expect — more than half the visits come from Firefox, Safari is the second most popular, MSIE barely breaks 10% and Chrome is almost tied with MSIE. Opera traffic is a rounding error, and bots aren't shown on the chart.
Visits by browser: Jun 2009
Given that Theory of Computing is a fairly niche community, the amount of traffic is surprising for a site that was slapped together with a weekend's worth of effort. Combined with the fact that the RSS reader is dying, it seems clear to me that topic aggregators have a great future.
So I'm wondering if it's time to update the aggregator with some new features. The problem with this is that I already worked on a snazzy Web 2.0 UI (hit '?' for keyboard shortcuts), which turned out to be much worse for usability than the current avatar.
Without going that route, here are some of the things I'm thinking of doing:
- Write special-purpose code to import comments from Wordpress blogs. Currently the aggregator imports Blogger comments but not Wordpress, because the latter works in a different way. Blogger and wordpress cover the vast majority of the blogs, so that's all I really care about.
- Polish up the recent comments feature (see the Web 2.0 UI link above for a demo) and implement it on the main site.
- Import TOC-related tweets. I will use a special hash-tag, (#cstheory?) to import. This will be combined with either a blacklist or a whitelist of twitter users, in case anyone tries to abuse it.
- Set up a bunch of other aggregators.